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Old June 15th, 2009, 05:18 PM   #1221
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 05:45 PM   #1223
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How the 2012 Olympic stadium is being built
09:13 22 Jun 2009
By David Rogers

The last of the steel roof trusses are being slotted into place to form the ring of steel around the arena. Once the roof is up a web of cables will be slung into place above it.

A third of the way through the build programme, the 2012 Olympic stadium is already the most iconic structure visible in Stratford. In the first in a series of Olympic site reports, David Rogers looks at progress on the showpiece arena.



Ian Crockford has taken on some major projects in his career. His CV includes stints at Bechtel, where he worked on Disneyland Paris, and Mace, where he was in charge of the London Eye. But satisfying the hopes of a generation of children and millennium revellers pales into insignificance compared to the duty of delivering the Olympic dream.

As project sponsor for the Olympic Delivery Authority, Crockford is tasked with managing the construction of the venue that will form the centrepiece of the London 2012 Games. The flagship venue will host both the opening and closing ceremonies along with the week-long track and field events.

Work began on site last May when Keller began installing the 4,000 permanent piles that will form the 80,000-seat stadium's foundations. In October, the first steel was erected, reaching 35m above the ground and creating a visible landmark for miles. After that, steel terracing supports each weighing 35t were lifted into place above the podium level to hold the 55,000 seats in the upper tiers.

Now a third of the way into the construction programme, the structure looks like a stadium already and stands out as a symbol of the country's status as the host nation, and at the moment stands alone as a recognisable venue on the wider site which still resembles a work in progress.

Wembley hangover
In the aftermath of Wembley, Crockford acknowledges that getting people wanting to work on another high-profile venue was hard.

But Team Stadium, the Sir Robert McAlpine-led group behind the 2012 stadium, has so far been doing what it did at the Emirates for Arsenal - quietly getting on with the job.

Interestingly, Crockford points out that McAlpine winning the work wasn't quite the shoo-in many at the time thought it had been. A US team bid for it and so did Beijing Construction Company - the firm behind the Bird's Nest, the centrepiece of the last Olympics.

Crockford says the job is on time to meet its June 2011 deadline and while winter winds and February's heavy snow meant some slippage, the team has caught up.

Compared to other significant stadia, it is much smaller - befitting its sustainable credentials.

Crockford says that if the 2012 stadium was to replicate its Sydney 2000 counterpart in size, the ODA would have had to deck over the rivers, which surround the site, to their halfway mark.

At peak, when the electricians and pipe-fitters get drafted on to the job, the number of workers will hit 600. In Beijing, the workforce was measured in the thousands. Wembley had 4,000 at its peak.

At the moment, the main stadium is a very lean 400 and Crockford recalls a recent visit by IOC inspectors who were shocked at how quiet the site seemed to be. "I think they were expecting similar numbers to what they saw in Beijing. They were asking 'where is everybody?'," he explains.

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Bryne Bros has been making the concrete columns and rakers, which are manufactured in-situ at Aggregate Industries' batching plant just a couple of hundred yards away from the venue. Concrete terracing has been made by Tarmac and ferried in from plants at Somerset and Peterborough.
And in a spot high in the south-western corner three different sets of seating have been bolted into place for trialling.

Eight tower cranes dominate the site but these will be coming down in the next few months when the last of 28 steel roof trusses, each weighing 90t and manufactured at Watson Steel's yard up in Bolton, is slotted into place. More than half have been fitted to date and this ring of steel will help form the roof for the stadium. Steel is being used sparingly - 10,000t compared to the 47,000t required for Beijing - which is in keeping with the recyclable quality of the venue.

Crockford says lifting the cable net roof into place is the next major part of the job and, once the bowl is completed this October, work will begin this December.

The cable net will be tied back to the truss at 28 points and then strand jacked into place in an operation which will lift the roof from ground level to its final position 30m in the air. The operation is expected to take three months to complete.

"We're not just building an athletics stadium, we're also building a huge theatre," he adds.

The cable-net roof will stretch 28m around the stadium and provide protection for two-thirds of the spectators. Once the roof is up an additional giant web of cables to move sets for the opening and closing ceremonies will be slung into place above it.

Floodlights
At the edge of the truss will be a series of floodlights which will be fixed on once it is in place. Workers from electrical contractor T Clarke are already on site, but the main M&E work will not begin in earnest until later this year.
Crockford says special security measures have been designed - he declines to say what they are - for the host of dignitaries who will attend the events but for those contractors hoping to cash in on a mountain of fit-out work, much of this will be confined to a section in the West Stand where the corporate hospitality will be allocated. Crockford says testing and commissioning will begin towards the end of next year.

Olympic flame
He still doesn't know whether the Olympic flame will be in or out - but he has already built in enough structural load to take a 150m-high tower along with gas pipes in case LOCOG, the company that will actually run the Games, decides that is what it wants.

At a guess, it will be out - the thinking being that the tower will be a reminder to everyone that, once the paraphernalia of the Olympics has been taken down, the Games were actually held here.

One of the very last tasks Crockford will be involved in is deciding what sort of grass to put in place.

The stadium will either have a permanent infield or the palletised system in use at the Millennium Stadium.

In keeping with the demountable aspects of the stadium, the latter is the favourite. This will go in at the very end ahead of the series of test events - one of which will be an athletics meeting.

It's difficult to see how Crockford could top being the man in charge of building the 2012 stadium but there is one job he his keeping his eye on.
A Liverpool FC fan, he like many is wondering if the club's planned new stadium will ever get built.

If it does, would he fancy being in charge? "Yeah," he says after a moment's thought. "Put that in."

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Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Cost: £496m
Main contractor: Team Stadium (Sir Robert McAlpine/Populous/AYH)
Steel: Watson Steel
Concrete: Byrne Bros
Electrical: T Clarke
Mechanical: Imtech Meica
Piling: Keller
Enabling/Groundworks/Drainage: Keltbray
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 07:48 PM   #1224
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Why didn't they do a running track at Wembley? Who will use it after the Olympics? Plus, Wemley looks so ugly without the towers. It ain't Wembley anymore. It lost its character and is now bland, vulgar.
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 08:19 PM   #1225
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Why didn't they do a running track at Wembley?
Because the stadium and Olympic Park is situated in the east end of London to promote regeneration of the surrounding boroughs.

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Who will use it after the Olympics?
It will become a much needed 25K athletics-dedicated stadium and house the UK Institute of Sport, a local community-based sports science school and training facility working to promote the next generation of Olympic athletes.

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Plus, Wemley looks so ugly without the towers. It ain't Wembley anymore. It lost its character and is now bland, vulgar.
Matter of opinion but the two grotty towers pale into comparison with the new futurstic iconic arch, visible from across the capital.

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Old June 23rd, 2009, 08:31 PM   #1226
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 08:32 PM   #1227
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The new stadium just lost its mystic... I lost my interest in visiting it...
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 11:13 PM   #1228
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Nevermind im sure it will survive without your interest in it!
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Old June 24th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #1229
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Why didn't they do a running track at Wembley? Who will use it after the Olympics?
Why? Because adding a running track to a football stadium makes a terrible football stadium. The pitch is then too far from the spectators.

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Plus, Wemley looks so ugly without the towers. It ain't Wembley anymore. It lost its character and is now bland, vulgar.
I don't agree with this at all. I find the new stadium much more iconic than the old. The towers were nothing special architectually.
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Old June 28th, 2009, 01:36 PM   #1230
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Old June 28th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #1231
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Wave-shaped Aquatics Centre roof reaches halfway point
26 June 2009

New images released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show that the wave-shaped roof of the London 2012 Aquatics Centre has reached its halfway point.

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The lift of the 160m long 2,800 tonne roof started just three months ago and is considered one of the most complex engineering and construction challenges of the Olympic Park ‘big build’. The roof frame, built with steel fabricated in Newport and assembled on site on just three concrete supports, is on track to be completed this summer.

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The Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre will be the gateway to the Park and in legacy will provide two 50m swimming pools, a diving pool and dry diving area - facilities London does not have at present.

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'Work on the Aquatics Centre is on track and the sweeping roof that will form the ‘Gateway to the Games’ is taking shape in the skyline alongside the Olympic Stadium.

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'The big lift one of the toughest construction and engineering challenges on the Olympic Park. It is showcasing the world class expertise delivering the venues and infrastructure for London 2012 and regenerating east London for future generations.'

Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee Sebastian Coe said:

'The Aquatics Centre is going to be a spectacular venue for the Games in 2012 and its iconic roof will be a fantastic addition to the east London skyline. At Games-time, I personally hope it will be the scene of further success for Team GB, but just as importantly I look forward to London at last having a state of the art aquatics facility for elite and community use for decades to come. Progress has been impressive, but the long term significance of this venue is something really quite special.'

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Raising the roof

When complete the 160m long column-free and up to 90m wide roof will rest on two concrete supports at the northern end and a 28m long and 5m wide, supporting ‘wall’ at its southern end.

A huge 30m steel truss weighing over 70 tonnes has been lifted into place on top of the southern wall and this been connected to ten steel trusses which will span up to 120m to the two northern roof supports.

Steel trusses fabricated in Newport from plate rolled in Gateshead, Motherwell and Scunthorpe, are being assembled on the Aquatics Centre site and connected together 20m off the ground on three rows of temporary support trestles.

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Twenty five trusses are in place and once the huge steel roof frame is complete this summer it will be lifted up to two metres at its southern end, turning on complex rotating joints in the northern roof supports. The temporary trestles will be removed and the 160m long roof frame lowered on to its three permanent roof supports, which have been built with over 20,000 tonnes of concrete.

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As the full weight of the roof rests on its supports it will slide approximately 20cm into its joints on the southern wall. The roof has been designed, through wind tunnel testing and computer modelling, to stretch, twist and contract in response to the effects of snow, wind and changing temperatures.

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Once the steel roof is in place this summer work will begin on the aluminium roof covering. Installation will then start next year on the timber cladding of the ceiling which will sweep outside to cover the northern roof supports.

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The foundations of the permanent venue are complete and work will begin on the pool structure once the steel roof is complete.

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1. The Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre is located in the south of the Olympic Park and will be the main ‘Gateway into the Games', hosting swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, water polo finals and the swimming discipline of the Modern Pentathlon

2. The Aquatics Centre will have a capacity of 17,500 during the Games, reducing to a maximum of 2,500 in legacy, with the ability to add 1,000 for major events, and provide two 50m swimming pools, a diving pool and dry diving area - facilities London does not have at present

3. Eleven industrial buildings have been demolished on the 55,000 m2 site.

4. Around 160,000 tonnes of soil have been dug out on of what was one of the more challenging and complex areas of the Olympic Park, contaminated with pollutants including petrol, oil, tar, solvents and heavy metals such as arsenic and lead

5. Four skeletons were discovered and removed from a prehistoric settlement discovered on the site of the Aquatics Centre.

6. 140,000 tonnes of clean soil has been brought from other areas of the Olympic Park to prepare for construction to start.

7. Balfour Beatty is building the Aquatics Centre and huge land-bridge that forms the roof of the training pool and the main pedestrian access to the Olympic Park. Construction work will be complete in 2011 for test events ahead of the Games.

8. The sweeping roof, which is 160m long and 80m at its widest point, is an innovative 2,800 tonne steel structure with a striking and robust aluminium covering resting on three supports.

9. 25 steel trusses are already in place with the roof starting to take shape in the skyline.

10. The roof will be internally and externally clad with timber. The team is currently finalising its selection of the most appropriate timber both for the Games and in legacy before installation in 2010.

11. The river that runs alongside the venue has been widened by eight metre by building 550m of new river walls.

12. The huge completed southern roof support is nine metre high, 28m long, over 5 metres wide, using 850m³ of concrete

13. A 3,000 tonne concrete ‘bridge’ has been built spanning and protecting the tunnels which have been dug to run powerlines beneath the site. The northwest roof support has been built on top of this base.

14. Construction is complete on both the 18.5m tall north east and north west roof supports.

15. The foundations are complete for the huge landbridge that forms the main pedestrian entrance to the Olympic Park and the roof of the training pool in the Aquatics Centre and work is underway on all of the bridge supports.

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Old June 29th, 2009, 11:35 AM   #1232
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DUBAI TO BID FOR 2020 SUMMER OLYMPICS AND THE WORLD EXPO.


"These two global events – the Olympic Games and World Expo – give us a sense of common purpose and play to our strengths," said Shaikh Mohammad on the Dubai 2020 initiative.
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Dubai: A new initiative, 'Dubai 2020', has been launched to engage Emirati society in shaping their nation's future in a bid to host the World Expo and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the initiative on Sunday.

Dubai 2020 will focus on a number of sectors within Dubai and expand to cover the UAE. The initiative is in line with Shaikh Mohammad's vision for Dubai's future ambitions that have no limits.

A work group made up of representatives from the government and private sectors will explore the potential of Dubai to host the two major events in 2020.

Shaikh Mohammad said: "We need to engage our community in Dubai and the UAE in a discussion about our vision and everyone's role in our future.

"For this we need a clear, common goal that highlights shared universal human values. The Dubai 2020 initiative will look at how we can shape our environment and society for future generations.

"It will address, in an integrated way, the building blocks that underpin social and economic progress - sport, education, culture, business, science, technology, health and the environment.

"These two global events, the Olympic Games and World Expo, give us a sense of common purpose and play to our strengths," Shaikh Mohammad said.

"Dubai is already home to people of different cultures who live together in harmony and peace. And I believe we can deepen this respect and mutual understanding if we work together to achieve something spectacular and meaningful," he added.

Bringing together these two world events in one place for the first time in the Middle East would be an unprecedented landmark move that combines business, science and technology on one side, and sport, education and culture on the other.

The work group will be chaired by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, while Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum will be Vice- Chairman.

A feasibility study will be undertaken before further decisions are taken regarding making any formal bids to the International Olympic Committee and the Bureau of International Expositions.

The public will be invited to participate.
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London thread! not 2020! interesting thow....
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London Olympics stadium design could change again 29 June, 2009

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Designs for the London 2012 Olympic Stadium could be altered at the last minute amid a major change of plan for the venue in legacy mode.

New head of the Olympic legacy team Margaret Ford is in favour of keeping the stadium’s 80,000 seats after the games rather than reducing them to 25,000 as previously intended.

The proposal aims to capitalise on what Ford hopes will become an iconic structure, potentially able to host football matches should England win its bid to host the 2018 World Cup. It is likely to see stadium designer Populous – formerly HOK Sport – forced to alter the design, despite construction on the venue being well underway.

Ford told London’s Evening Standard newspaper she was convinced the “beautiful” stadium could be successful as an all-year visitor attraction.

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It will look even more cheap??
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It will look even more cheap??
piss offf you tedious greek troll!at least the olympics will be in a proper world class city unlike when it was in your tinpot athens.
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at least the olympics will be in a proper world class city unlike when it was in your tinpot athens.
Sure, it will, but only if the priestess will wake up on time to light the flame in olympia for you, british troll
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Sure, it will, but only if the priestess will wake up on time to light the flame in olympia for you, british troll
**** off you jealous ****.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 01:11 PM   #1240
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How can he be jealous? The greeks invented the Olympics - thats all he's saying.

Anyway you must admit the stadium doesn't look that brilliant. What they are proposing is that it should not be scaled down and kept the same so therefore it's going to have a better quality.
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